GUNTHER defeated Drew McIntyre via pinfall and successfully retained his WWE Intercontinental Championship at Summer Slam 2023. At the closing moments of the match, Drew goes for the Claymore Kick but GUNTHER drops down and then dropkicks him into the corner. Drew blocks a powerbomb and hits one of his own. Drew with a Future Shock DDT for 2. Drew again goes for the Claymore but GUNTHER rolls to the floor.
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Drew runs the ring and hits a big dive to the floor for a pop. Drew brings it back into the ring for a Claymore but GUNTHER dropkicks him instead. GUNTHER with a powerbomb for 2. GUNTHER then goes up top and hits a flying splash for a close 2 count. GUNTHER is frustrated now as he slaps and punches Drew around. Drew blocks a chop and hits one of his own. They end up trading big chops for a few minutes, lots of chops here.
Drew goes on to hit a big Claymore but GUNTHER kicks out at 2. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Drew takes GUNTHER to the top and chops him a few times. Drew climbs up for a Gutwrench superplex but GUNTHER hangs on and fights back.
Drew unloads with slaps while GUNTHER unloads with chops. Drew looks to hit the move but GUNTHER knocks him to the top rope, crotching him. Drew falls to the mat and GUNTHER immediately hits the flying splash. GUNTHER then quickly follows up with a lariat, then the powerbomb in the middle of the ring for the pin to win and retain.
After the match, GUNTHER stands tall as the music hits. Drew McIntyre marches straight to the back with his head down as GUNTHER poses with the title.